THE People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed the unilateral suspension of Harare Mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni, by local government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, for alleged insubordination, adding the Town House row was evidence that the international community should not support an unyielding Zanu PF government.
PDP spokesperson, Jacob Mafume, said Manyenyeni’s ouster was yet another testimony that the Zanu PF government was still far from repenting.
Manyenyeni, an MDC-T official, was singled out for the punitive action following his insistence to appoint former bank executive, James Mushore, as Harare town clerk.
This decision was endorsed by the entire Harare council.
But Kasukuwere was quick to invoke Section 114 (1) (d) (ii) of the Urban Councils Act which the opposition says was against the national constitution, which prescribes the setting up of an independent tribunal through an Act of Parliament to discharge any disciplinary processes against an offending mayor.
“Kasukuwere has no legal power to suspend any sitting mayor or chairperson of a local authority,” Mafume said.
“Therefore, what Kasukuwere has done is blatantly illegal, unconstitutional and a clear testimony that Zanu PF has no respect for the rule of law.
“Given such levels of brazen violation of the constitution from the highest office in broad daylight, the ordinary citizens are undoubtedly far from enjoying their rights.”
Due to the slow paced realignment process of the country’s laws with the new charter, President Robert Mugabe’s government has stuck to the old nature of the country’s laws which the opposition says his regime has routinely used to oppress citizens.
Former Finance miniter, Tendai Biti’s party warned Zanu PF has displayed enough temerity to defy the country’s laws and would go to any lengths to flout the rule of law to win an election.
The party further cautioned against current moves to consider bailing out the Harare administration by the IMF, insisting the ruling party was not yet ready to reform.
“It is against this background that we have consistently warned gullible elements in the international community that Zanu PF is not prepared to reform and the current efforts are meant to create a smoke screen to hoodwink international financial institutions into funding the broke Zanu PF regime,” Mafume said.
“We have also warned that those appeasing Zanu PF will soon be exposed and if there were any doubts to the illegalities which the regime can do, then Kasukuwere’s actions have put paid to those doubts.
“Without adherence to the rule of law, Zimbabwe cannot be said to be on an irrevocable path to reform. Thus the attempt by certain elements of the international community to paint a picture of a reforming Zanu PF which deserves support ahead of the crucial IMF Executive Board meeting on the 2nd of May 2016 is a fallacy which none other than Zanu PF itself has proved to be so.
“We reiterate our position again that reforms need reformers and ZANU PF has no reformers and more dangerously, Zanu PF has no appetite for reform. The regime is determined to continue on a path of illegality and will from time to time attempt to charm the world in search of a bailout from their current self inflicted financial woes.”